House prices regain momentum in final months of 2016

  The ONS UK House Price Index (December), was released today. The main contribution to the increase in UK house prices came from England, where house prices increased by 7.7% over the year to December 2016, with the average price in England now £236,000. Wales saw house prices increase by 4.7% over the last 12 months to stand at £148,000. In Scotland, the average price increased by 3.5% over the year to stand at £142,000. The average price in Northern Ireland currently stands at £125,000, an increase of 5.7% over the last 12 months.   Rob Weaver, Director of Investments at property crowdfunding platform Property Partner, comments: “The housing market may have plateaued during last summer but for the final two months of 2016, prices regained momentum. “With December, in particular, seeing a higher than expected rise in annual prices, property demonstrated itself to be a robust investment once again...
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UK House Prices Increased by 7.7%

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have recently released their House Price Index for November 2015. Main findings UK house prices increased by 7.7% in the year to November 2015, up from 7.0% in the year to October 2015. House price annual inflation was 8.3% in England, 1.3% in Wales, 0.4% in Scotland and 4.6% in Northern Ireland. Annual house price increases in England were driven by an annual increase in the East (10.2%), the South East (9.8%) and London (9.8%). Excluding London and the South East, UK house prices increased by 5.8% in the 12 months to November 2015. On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices increased by 0.8% between October and November 2015. In November 2015, prices paid by first-time buyers were 7.4% higher on average than in November 2014. For owner-occupiers (existing owners), prices increased by 7.8% for the same period.
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ONS House Price Index shows housing market easing

The ONS (Office for National Statistics) have just released their April HPI (House Price Index) Main findings UK house prices increased by 5.5% in the year to April 2015, down from 9.6% in the year to March 2015. House price annual inflation was 5.8% in England, 1.3% in Wales, 2.2% in Scotland and 8.8% in Northern Ireland. The pace of annual house price growth fell across the majority of the UK in April 2015. Annual house price increases in England were driven by an annual increase in the East (9.6%) and the South East (8.4%). Excluding London and the South East, UK house prices increased by 5.0% in the 12 months to April 2015. On a seasonally adjusted basis, average house prices fell by 1.3% between March and April 2015. In April 2015, prices paid by first-time buyers were 5.8% higher on average than in April 2014. For owner-occupiers (existing...
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Peter Bolton King FRICS comments on stamp duty thresholds

In this video, RICS Global Property Standards Director, Peter Bolton King, discusses a recent Sunday Times article on whether the changes to Stamp Duty thresholds had removed the ‘bunching’ of transactions.
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Should UK House Buyers Take Advantage of Historically Low Interest Rates, Or Wait?

Whether you are thinking about buying your first home in the UK or you are planning to expand or downsize, it is to your advantage that you take a closer look at the current market conditions. Interest rates on home mortgages in the UK are at historically low levels and normally you may be wondering how long the interest rates will stay this low or if they will go even lower in the near future.
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House prices continue to increase strongly across the majority of the UK

UK average house prices increased by 9.8% over the year to December 2014, down from an increase of 9.9% in the year to November 2014. This follows the house price increases the UK has experienced since April 2012 (Figure 1) and is driven in large part by increases in London. The average UK mix-adjusted house price in December 2014 was £272,000.
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House prices continue to increase strongly across the UK says the ONS

Average house prices increased strongly in all nine English regions over the year to October 2014 (Figure 5). The largest increase was again in London at 17.2% followed by the South East (11.9%) and the East (9.6%).
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A Picture of UK Debt: How to Keep Yourself Out of the Red

Although the recession is over, it’s clear to see that individuals (as well as businesses) across the UK are finding it challenging to keep their heads above the water, financially speaking. As the years go by, it seems as though there are more and more companies touting financial products that are aimed primarily at getting us further and further into debt, and this is having a real impact on how we treat money.
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House prices continue to increase strongly across the UK

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released their House Price Index for September 2014.
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Average UK house price in August 2014 was £274,000 says ONS

UK average house prices increased by 11.7% over the year to August 2014, unchanged from an increase of 11.7% in the year to July 2014. This follows the moderate house price increases the UK has experienced since April 2012 (Figure 1) and is driven in large part by increases in London. The average UK house price in August 2014 was £274,000.
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House Prices to rise 30% by 2019

According to RightMove and Oxford Economics average house prices in England and Wales are set to rise by 30% in the next 5 years. It states that London prices are set to rise by 33%, but the South East is set to rise by 39% by 2019! Despite being the slowest riser, the North West will still increase by 24%.
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Why You Dont Have to Switch From an Oil Heating System

As an energy source, heating with oil gets a lot of bad press: too expensive, dirty and inefficient, not to mention non-renewable. In the past, some of these criticisms may have been true but modern oil heating systems have moved on significantly, and for many retail and commercial properties, there is no other option. So how can you get the best system? Boiler If you’ve got an old boiler, there’s little doubt that you’ll be wasting energy, therefore money. Modern, condensing boilers are highly efficient, with those rated ‘A’ being the best. In addition to fuel efficiency, modern boilers are highly reliable. Whether you need it for heat only or heat and hot water, a new boiler is worth the investment. And don’t be tempted to guess at the size you need. Get a few suppliers to come in, chat to you about your exact requirements and measure the property....
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London market comes off the boil

  The RICS Residential Market Survey for September 2014 reports a more balanced picture nationally, as the London market comes off the boil. The rental market remains firm due to strong demand and tight supply. The September RICS Residential Market Survey indicates fading, albeit still robust, price momentum at the headline level. This comes on the back of a more balanced demand picture, in part related to less buoyant expectations of future price rises. Crucially however, the supply trend remains more or less flat with no indication of a pick up in new vendor instructions. London Price Balance The London price balance turned slightly negative in September for the first time since the beginning of January 2011, ending the longest continuous period of price growth that the RICS survey has recorded for the capital. Expectations for price growth over the coming three months remain positive with only surveyors in the London market expecting to see...
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6 DIY Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover Ideas

If it looks like your kitchen is stuck in the past, or if it just looks boring or bland, you’ve probably thought about renovating it. It can be very expensive to renovate your kitchen. However, you shouldn’t let this hold you back. There are plenty of ways you can breathe new life into your kitchen and not break the bank. Here are some ideas I would recommend looking into as an option. The Miracle of Salvage and Second Hand One of the more simple ideas to give your kitchen a makeover is to salvage old pieces of furniture and place them in your kitchen. For example, one idea is taking an old machine shop table and place a butcher’s block on top of it to create a tiny island. You could take old bar stools and set them up by an empty counter to turn it into a mini bar....
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CML says Gross mortgage lending £18.6 billion in August

The CML (Council of Mortgage Lenders) estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £18.6 billion in August. This is 5% lower than July (£19.7 billion) but 13% higher than August last year (£16.4 billion) and the highest lending total for an August since 2008 (£19.3 billion).
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The Office for National Statistics reports 11.7% house price increase

The Office for National Statistics July price index shows year on year and month on month price increases.
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Free tickets to The London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show at Olympia, London

The London Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show proudly sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements makes its national debut at Olympia with new feature highlights and experts
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3 Things to Consider when Investing in International Property

The recent boom in the global property market has been hard to ignore, and despite several warnings by economists it shows little sign of abating. Even with the UK market on the verge of forming a bubble, there are a number of international locations in Europe and beyond offering potential growth and huge financial returns to real estate investors. If you are new to the market and hoping to invest in overseas property, however, you will need adopt a clearly defined strategy and plan your activity prior to taking the plunge.
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New report finds that students make the best tenants

As a landlord or letting agent, there are many factors to consider when renting a property, including finding your ideal tenants. On first glance students may not be your first choice, but new findings by utilities and service provider for students, Glide, and Accommodation for Students, found that students are in fact the most desirable tenants.
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Official HPI reports strong yearly price increases

The Office for National Statistics May House price Index shows strong yearly price increases. 10.5% increase for UK House Prices over the year from June 2013 to May 2014 and 9.9% increase in the year to April 2014
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